The multi-billion dollar order to build the Bundeswehr warship MKS 180 is to be carried out by the Dutch shipyard in cooperation with the German Lürssen shipyard. The women's shipyard is the winner of the tender, it said in a letter from the Parliamentary State Secretary in the Federal Ministry of Defense, Peter Tauber, to chiefs of the Defense Committee in the Bundestag. The document is available to SPIEGEL.
"We have come a lot closer to our goal of securing the future operational capability of the German Navy," it says. The awarding authority's decision is subject to a possible complaint or a judicial review of the awarding chamber. The Bundestag also still has to deal with the order.
Europe-wide tender a novelty
A total of EUR 5.27 billion is estimated for the procurement of four ships. It is the largest naval order of this type in the history of the Bundeswehr. The German Naval Yards shipyard in Kiel, with Thyssenkrupp Marine Systems as a subcontractor, also applied for the order for the billion euro project. The ship is to be built at Blohm and Voss in Hamburg, which belongs to the Bremen Lürssen shipyard group.
The invitation to tender beyond Germany was a novelty. "The decision to launch a Europe-wide tender underscores the importance of competition in the procurement of the Bundeswehr," the Defense Ministry wrote in a report in June.
MKS 180 fulfills a wide range of tasks
The Navy calls the ship a "general-purpose weapon". The MKS 180 should be able to "patrol large maritime areas around the world for a long time, monitor embargoes and evacuate German citizens from crisis situations if necessary, and on the other hand, in the North Atlantic or Mediterranean, if necessary, engage in naval combat against other warships of its type and type To be able to enforce boats, "said the Navy. So far, a single type of ship could not fulfill such a wide range of tasks.
The ship, the length of which is given as about 155 meters of construction waterline, is said to be able to remain in the area of operation for two years. The roughly 110-strong crew is said to rotate every four months. The ship should be equipped with built-in modules for different military missions, for example as a submarine hunter or as a floating base for anti-piracy missions.